Why American Airlines is Right

Read the article here: Autistic Toddler Removed from Plane

Dear American Airlines,

I’ve got an immediate suggestion for author Julie Deardorff. A title change is needed:

Unruly Toddler Removed from Plane

In the mother’s own words, the child “was on the floor rolling around”. According to the FAA’s regulations and guidelines on seat belts:

[T]he “Fasten Seat Belt” sign shall be turned on during any movement on the surface, for each takeoff, for each landing, and at any other time considered necessary by the pilot in command… [Each passenger] shall fasten his or her safety belt about him or her and keep it fastened while the “Fasten Seat Belt” sign is lighted… [And each] passenger shall comply with instructions given him or her by a crewmember regarding compliance.

Simply put: According to the rules and regulations put forth by the agency deemed as the ultimate rule-maker in this nation of ours, American Airlines is in the right.

This, however, isn’t the main point of my entry. My problem is that the author (and subsequently many people in the comments section) went apeshit over the fact that the child being reprimanded for his behavior was autistic.

Why is it that when you throw in a disability, suddenly this is noted as an outrageous slap in the face for those with disabilities? More than one comment suggested that the mother sue ‘em in the name of the ADA. Puh-lease.

This isn’t a matter of someone with a wheelchair being intentionally left behind because assistance would make take-off a few minutes late. This isn’t a matter of someone being denied access to a flight because he or she is blind and traveling with an assistance animal. On and on and on.

This is a safety matter.

I applaud you, American Airlines, for valuing the safety of your passengers — including that little hellion beast and his overly sensitive mother. Now, if you remove the ridiculous $15 charge for checked baggage, I’ll consider flying you once again.




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